Calgary Charities You Can Help

Giving back to your community is an amazing feeling if you’re in a position to do so. Giving back can be achieved either financially or by giving your time so the opportunity is there for everyone. Giving back is something I do year round as a means of saying thank you to the city that gave so much to me during the past 15 years that I have lived here. I often donate a monetary gift as needs arise to various organizations and once a year I donate to the Drop In Centre on behalf of my father who passed away in 2016. My father wasn’t homeless and he didn’t need financial help, but I needed a way of turning the heartbreak of his passing into something positive.

Below is a list of the charities I have enjoyed giving to:

Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids

It’s impossible to learn on an empty stomach and it doesn’t feel that great either!  Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids provide lunches for approximately 4,200 kids each school day.  Each lunch they provide contains a healthy sandwich made with fresh bread and ingredients include cheese, ham, turkey, tuna, egg salad or peanut-free “pea butter” and jam. They also include vegetables and fruit, and a snack such as yogurt or homemade cookies. Each item carries a high nutritional value and either meets or exceeds the Canadian health recommendations.

Their current needs list is as pictured below:

Inn From the Cold

Inn From the Cold provides emergency shelter, affordable housing, and support services to help families in crisis retain and achieve housing-security and independence. Families arriving at Inn From the Cold receive shelter, food, clothing, medical care, and access to educational programming to help them get back on their feet.

Their current needs list can be found here:

The Calgary Drop-In Center

The Calgary Drop-In Centre is there to provide essential care health services, employment training, and housing supports to homeless and vulnerable Calgarians.

Their current needs list can be found here:

The Calgary Food Bank

For any Calgarian who is financially unable to put food on the table for themselves and their families, this charity has been instrumental in feeding families, singles and organizations that need their help.  But they can’t do it on their own.  They rely on food and financial donations to keep going.  Find out how you can help on their website above.

Helping Animals

Parachutes For Pets

Parachutes For Pets helps lower income Calgarians access veterinarian care for their pets.  Having a low income doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have access to pet healthcare as animals provide excellent companionship to those who need it. 

Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society


Assisting dogs, cats and smaller creatures from serious situations, injury, abuse or abandonment.  AARCS provide loving treatment for the animals in their care and work with the community to find loving fur-ever homes.

Meow Foundation


Meow Foundation is a cat-focused registered charity and humane society with a no-kill mandate and work to find the best homes for the cats they rescue.

Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation

Pawsitive Match saves dogs and cats facing life-threatening circumstances because of circumstances beyond their control in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Thailand.  They also assist pet owners on reserves and may assist with owner surrender if needed.  They give animals the best chance they can to survive and find loving homes.

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